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05 October 2009 @ 08:17 pm
Seeing "Memphis" for the last time and some changes to the show...  
I ended my NYC trip seeing "Memphis" one last time on Sunday night. What a marvelous way to end my trip! The audience was SO warm that night, everyone laughed in all the right places,... the applause was deafening, and every single person was up on their feet the moment the curtain call began -- just the kind of audience I love to be a part of!!


It seems they can't decide on the final wardrobe for Chad in the final scene. I've seen him in the firey red shirt, then CHANGE into the plaid shirt for the final scene, I've seen him stay in the firey red shirt, and the last performance he began in the plaid shirt and put on his "outrageous animal print jacket" for the final scene... Seems small, but I wonder why all the changes??

AND when Felicia returns she USED to say, "It's been a couple of years." Now, it's changed to "It's been about 4 years..."

Also, but this happened a week ago - Gator no longer breaks a liquor bottle at the end of the first act to get everyone's attention before "Say A Prayer."

AND Huey directs his stripping anger at the TV exec from NYC at the end of "Tear Down The House" by throwing his pants directly at the man.

And finally the big record producer from NYC doesn't seem too impressed with Huey at the introduction (as he was in various other versions...) He used to say something about seeing his TV show and "Wow!" But they cut that and now he just overlooks him and goes right on talking with Felicia...


It's still the look that Chad has on his face in the final scene as Huey watches Felicia sing... it's sadness, happiness, familiarity, and regret all conveyed SOOO nicely in his longing look (and he usually has tears in his eyes... which gets me teary!)

AND they don't do it anymore because they walk off the stage together, but they used to part ways after the final curtain call and Chad would ALWAYS kiss Montego's hand tenderly and mouth "I love you" to her each night before they parted and walked off their separate ways. How ADORABLE!! I LOVED seeing that each night!!


I was a little apprehensive about going to the stage door after the show, partially because I'd seen the show 4 times in a matter of a week & a half and thought the cast seeing me there 3 times was a bit excessive... but I stayed anyway - and stayed in the back...

There were a bunch of theatre students there that night who were in the front of the barracade asking for autographs and pictures and I kind of lagged and waited behind. After all, I got my pictures with everyone I'd wanted to... I just basically wanted to say, "Hi."

James Monroe Iglehart was so sweet, and gave me a hug when I saw him and said, "You're back!" Someone I had been talking with next to me asked me if this was the 2nd time I saw the show... and to my surprise, James said, "Forth!" before I could answer. He was a sweetheart and SUCH a talented singer and dancer!

One of the nicest moments, though came when I got my chance to say, "Hi" to Chad. We spoke for a bit and when I was leaving I thanked him by holding out my hand for a handshake and he pulled me into a big, long, FANTASTIC hug!! Yow! ♥ And then he inquired when I was flying back to Hawaii and told me to "Stay safe!" but to "Come back to see the show!" I can't say enough how much sincere admiration I have for the man... he's SO sweet!

I only wanted to take a picture OF HIM, but he said, "Not by myself!" So I got in the picture with him. :)
Honestly, he's really one of the sweetest people I've met!

Montego with the beautiful flowers she received at the curtain call! :)
Chad looked at her adoringly when he saw them on stage and mouthed, "They're beautiful!!"
He looked as touched as she did that she received them! :)

With the amazing Cass Morgan! She was very nice! I'm glad I got a photo with her! :)

What a wonderful way to end my NYC theatre trip... with my favorite show and a great stage door experience! :) I'm definitely taking my Mom to see the show when we go back for her and my birthday trip in January! :D
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ellixianellixian on October 7th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
SO SO glad you had a good time.

And OMG Cass Morgan, I hadn't realised she'd left Mary Poppins for Memphis. I know her from Ring Of Fire (which she did with Beth) and she has such a FANTASTIC voice. I hope she's got a good meaty role in Memphis. XD
Sheri: Memphis 2shutterbug93 on October 8th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! Especially for putting up with all my theatre babbling these past few weeks. :)

I had no idea Cass Morgan had any connection to "Ring of Fire!" She played Chad's mother in MEMPHIS (and was very hilarious, I might add!) It was great to meet her. :) The ENTIRE cast is so nice!!

When are you heading back to NYC???